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The Globe and Mail has an article about Russia's Junior team.

Those are among the last images of the two teenagers. Both were aboard the passenger jet carrying the Yaroslavl Lokomotiv hockey team that crashed Sept. 7, killing 44 people. Urychev wasn’t supposed to be on the flight to Minsk. He was injured and wasn’t going to play in Lokomotiv’s season opener. Still, he wanted to be with his friends so he went with them; he was a teammate to the end.

Such are the memories that hover over this year’s Russian entry, which has only a single returning player, its captain, Evgeni Kuznetsov, a 2010 first-round pick of the Washington Capitals.

A preview of the Colorado Avalanche vs the St Louis Blues.

Some outstanding defense has allowed the Colorado Avalanche to finally start making the most of their home-ice advantage.

The St. Louis Blues' defensive-minded approach is making them a force on the road.

The Avalanche try to record their first seven-game home winning streak in eight seasons Wednesday night while the Blues go for their first seven-game road point streak in more than a decade.

After giving up 36 goals during a 4-9-0 start at home, Colorado (16-17-1) has yielded just 11 during its six-game surge at the Pepsi Center.

Cedrick Desjardins is making waves in the AHL.

If you ask Lake Erie Monsters head coach David Quinn, goaltender Cedrick Desjardins is on the verge of becoming a household name.

"I think (some) people know who he is, but by the end of this year, I think everyone's going to know who he is," Quinn said. "There's no one better in the American Hockey League right now."

The numbers agree: Desjardins, in his first year in the Colorado Avalanche organization, leads the AHL in both goals-against average (1.49) and save percentage (.952).

Just don't tell him that.

Come back tomorrow for Part Two of the interview with Landeskog!